Oklahoma Pioneer Mittie Stephens Cobb enjoyed family, home and garden. Mittie's 1941 Journal shares weathered pioneer experiences and every day life in Arapaho, Oklahoma. Mittie and Rufus "Dad" lived west of Arapaho with daughter Mary and son Frank and owned the Cobb Store in Arapaho. Cecil and Lena Cobb, Fannie and Richard Bland lived nearby. George, Jack, Loys Cooper, Randall and Mildred Shankland moved out of state and stayed in touch by letters. Mittie turned 73 years in 1941 outliving three of her children, Rexie, Rollie and Harvey.

It was serendipity

to have Mittie's Journal to read and share in 2008. The calendar days of 1941 are the same as 2008. Richard received the Journal from his mother, Fannie, and gave the Journal to his cousin Betty in spring 2008. This great-granddaughter first had it in hand in July 2008. For a few weeks it was transcribed to email for family. Mittie's Journal blog began October 12, the anniversary of the day Mittie and Rufus landed at Gip, Oklahoma 1892 in open prairie. Check out that Journal entry. It is a blessing to share this Journal with others. To stay in the matching year the remaining Journal days appear in the Journal Archive as they are posted. Thanks for stopping by.

February 12, 1941, Wednesday

Abe Lincoln's Day. Colder, the wind blows a stiff breeze. Clouds are dark and gathering thick and fast. The weather may be stormy before night. My body chills so quickly and tires so easily too. Poor Mary is suffering from the effects of the Car backing her against the Garage Wall a few days ago. She took Dad to town, returned and retired to her room to rest. I pray she will soon feel well again. Frank is late about getting around, not feeling so well. Scripture reading II Chronicles 20:20-21

Getting colder, the Wind comes in the crevices about doors and windows. A Sand Storm obscured the Sun with it's heavy clouds of dust at Noon. Barbara's teacher sent her here this morning because of Ear ache and Sore Throat. The three of us managed to cook dinner together after which Frank washed the dishes while Barbara put them away.

Mary left for the Store about 10 A.M. She may go to Clinton to get a Shampoo and Wave today. Miss Wadsworth, on of the School Teachers has the Flu and has been absent all week.

The Storm became worse and continued for hours. Barbara was back to school about 3 P.M. to catch the School Bus to go home. Mary came from Clinton with arms loaded with groceries and a most beautiful Azalea in Decorated Vase, so very pretty. Have just rearranged Plants in my windows and gave them Vigoro to stimulate them to bloom. Received 2 Valentines today, very pretty.

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